Our solutions include not only spreader beams and adjustable lifting beams but a wide range of possibilities: check out here a complete overview of our handling equipment range. And because every customer is different, we have also deep expertise developing taylor made solutions.
What is a lifting beam?
A lifting beam (depending on the connecting points will be a spreader beam) at it most simple design is a solid piece of metal beam designed to be attached to a crane hoist by a rigging consisting of a chain or lifting wire. It allows to lift objects whose weight is not equilibrated or objects that have a singular design that doesn’t allow to be lifted with a standard lifter. Basically lifting beams and spreader beams equilibrate the load to perfom a safe lift. The material of construction is always metal in different alloys.
Different kinds of beams for material handling
There are different lifting beams designs and each one has different uses and advantages. In Airpes we design many types of custom lifting beams and we study every single part of the structure: sling, hoist, shape… Let’s check the designs out.
A lifting beam has the simpliest and most standard design: is a slab of metal with a single bail in the center, from where the slings and hoists of the cranes will be hanging the beam with its load. Usually the attaching point will be in the center but we can design the lifting beam to become adjustable so the operators can move the center of gravity of the beam. The beam can be used for lifting objects or hanging lifting devices from it (electromagnets, slab tongs…).
- Can work in low headroom spaces
- Bending forces act vertically so it offers less resistance
- For the previous reason lifting beams have to be built using more material
A spreader beam in the other hand has two bails, one on each side of the beam, attached to the hoist or hook of the crane. Thanks to this design with more than a sling the spreader beam transforms the bending forces you have on a lifting beam in compresssion forces along the bar. A spreader beam is more stable than a lifting beam and if the space has enough headroom it is always recommended to install a spreader beam. As well we can make a design of adjustable spreader beam like the one you see on the picture above.
- Allows to lift heavier loads with a smaller bar
- It needs space for the rigging (with a chain, wire rope or slings) so it can’t be installed in low headroom spaces
H Lifting beams
The H lifting beam is designed for many uses. The H lifting beams offer more stabilization and distribution of the loads along the object. As well H lifting beams work really well with loads that have a extreme lenght/width ratio. H lifting beams for example are perfect for the lift of an industrial basket (in siderurgical industry). The rigging of the H lifting beam can be designed in different ways according to customer needs.
- Distributes the forces in 4 support points, offering more stability.
- It is more complex to design compared to the other types of beams.
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